Happy Birthday to Books 9/12 to 9/18

What’s up my hip and happenin’ Figsters! ‘Tis that time again to spend our allowance on new books! From models on deathly runways to boys writing about death, we have a rather lively batch of new books this week!

Modelland by Tyra Banks (9/13/11)

This novel’s main character is named Tookie De La Creme, and a name like that is usually enough for me to put down a book, but I can’t help but be curious about the execution of Modelland. Tookie is invited to Modelland, an elite, entrance-by-invitation-only academy, despite her awkward appearance. Now, I’m not expecting Tyra Banks to be America’s Next Top Author, but I kinda want to know what’s going on inside this school and if the punishment is enough for the failed models, but… I just realized I used three but‘s in two sentences and these buts speak volumes louder than the click-clacks of high-heeled models on the catwalk.

Lesson, Figlets: Your writing won’t always be for everyone, but this isn’t to say you shouldn’t write the story you want to tell—even if it involves models competing in a thigh-high boot camp. As Tyra would say, “I was rooting for you! WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!”

The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer (9/13/11)

I think fans of Michael Grant’s Gone series will enjoy this one. With the familiar premise of families, friends (and Figs) vanishing, young Martin Maple is one of the Only Ones, a group of genius children who are left behind without adult supervision to reinvent the world. What’s most striking about this world is that, apart from Martin, none of the kids seem to be as concerned about the world outside their village, a stark and fresh contrast to other post-apocalyptic stories. (First chapter can be read here at Figment!)

Want more Aaron Starmer after that sample? Starmer has shared a story with us Figinators that he wrote back when he was 16! Let him know what you think here!

You Against Me by Jenny Downham (9/13/11)

A good romance story inserts challenging obstacles for the couple-to-be—and not just of the cross species, you’re-a-vampire, I’m-a-mortal variety. The collision between Mikey, the older brother to a sexually assaulted sister, and Ellie, whose brother has been charged with the offense,  is a do-they-dare relationship that will test the bonds of family against the pull of their heartstrings. Don’t you just have to know the outcome of this one?!

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (9/13/11)

Summer chores are always awful. No one wants to mow the lawn or water the plants or deliver newspapers. One summer chore I bet you all the fig-dollars in my wallet you haven’t been asked to do is act as a scribe for your local paper’s obituary section. In this semi-autobiographical story, young Jack Gantos learns that death can you enlighten on life.

After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven Wedel (9/13/11)

Do you feel like your best friend has been acting strangely? Are they vomiting overwhelming amounts of what looks like split pea soup, hovering a few feet above their beds, or unnaturally twisting their necks around? There might be a demon afoot, Fig Folk. Fear not, there’s time to save your currently terrifying friend! Here are the four stages, as you’ll learn in After Obsession: invitation, infestation, obsession, and possession.

Once the demon makes its homerun to stage four, your friend is a goner. Read After Obsession and you’ll learn how to prevent having one less friend to gossip with.

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